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1. A recognition of who OPDs are. This must be followed by an intentional effort to strengthen OPDs. Many persons with disabilities have come together within their representative organizations and through these, they engage with different sectors in society to advocate for their inclusion. For people who have faced marginalisation over many years and been excluded from development, coming together gives them a strong bargaining power to turn around marginalisation. Acknowledging the existence of OPDs therefore is a starting point for development agencies in including them in their priorities.

2. Understand the context within which OPDs exist and work
This is inclusive of many OPDs being run by volunteers, many having less funding with expectations to deliver much more, as well as limited exposure to specialised knowledge for example limited knowledge on the work of humanitarian agencies will have little OPDs engaging with the humanitarian systems. Therefore when development agencies acknowledge this context, they should intentionally fund OPDs in such contexts for then it will be easier for them to meaningfully engage.

3. International development should also be intentional about supporting OPDs to make themselves visible. For example if a UN agency has been able to collaboratively work with an OPD towards achieving something, the UN agency should take it up to themselves to visibilise such achievement to its partners and be able to link the OPD to many more agencies and other development agencies thereby increasing the probability that the OPD can continue to receive further financial and technical support from other agencies.